Global Church News

  • Daily services back to normal in southern Vietnam

    Sep 12, 2020

    One archdiocese and four dioceses in southern Vietnam have resumed normal religious services six weeks after a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • Pandemic does not stop Catholics from holding Confirmations and First Communions

    Sep 12, 2020

    After months of online masses, closed churches and a low-key communal life in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholics in the U

  • Catholic Mass is taken off the airwaves in Belarus

    Sep 12, 2020

    A Mass broadcast to Catholics across Belarus has disappeared from the airwaves amid political upheaval following a disputed presidential election.

  • The days of the mighty Mekong are numbered

    Sep 12, 2020

    Water levels along Thailand’s stretches of the Mekong River have plummeted to alarming lows, causing renewed hardships to fishermen and farmers living alongside the storied waterway.

  • Laos on thin ice as China takes control of electricity grid

    Sep 12, 2020

    For almost a decade, Laos has been warned that its extravagant spending spree on infrastructure carried enormous financial risks that threatened to undermine its sovereignty and efforts to raise living standards among the poor.

  • St. John Chrysostom

    Sep 12, 2020

    John Chrysostom’s preaching, by word and example, exemplifies the role of the prophet to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. For his honesty and courage, he paid the price of a turbulent ministry as bishop, personal vilification, and exile.

  • St Cornelius (Sept 16)

    Sep 12, 2020

    The third century saw the resolution of a problem we scarcely consider—the penance to be done before reconciliation with the Church after mortal sin. Men like Cornelius and Cyprian were God’s instruments in helping the Church find a prudent path between extremes of rigorism and laxity.

  • St Robert Bellarmine

    Sep 12, 2020

    Robert Bellarmine died on September 17, 1621. The process for his canonization was begun in 1627, but was delayed until 1930 for political reasons, stemming from his writings. In 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized him, and the next year declared him a doctor of the Church.

  • UN alarm over rise in Pakistan violence, blasphemy cases

    Sep 12, 2020

    The United Nations human rights office has urged Pakistan to take immediate and concrete steps to curb the use of blasphemy laws and ensure the protection of journalists and human rights defenders who have been subjected to threats.

  • Europe’s identity in flames in Moria camp fire

    Sep 12, 2020

    A raging fire has forced thousands of refugees and asylum seekers housed in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos to flee for their lives. The President of the EU’s Catholic bishops appeals to European policymakers to remember their Christian roots and take action.